Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Romans 12:15
즐거워하는 자들로 함께 즐거워 하고 슬퍼하는 자들로 함께 슬퍼하라.
If you have not already heard about the tragedy that took place last week about 10-11 days ago near the island of Jindo in South Korea, let me fill you in. The Sewol ferry departed Incheon port for Jeju-do island carrying about 476 passengers; more than two-thirds (325) of those on board the ferry were students from Danwon High School in Ansan, an hour's drive south of Seoul. Out of 325 second year students (11th grade) only 75 remain. 8 teachers also lost their lives. The details are very unclear, but the ferry made a sharp turn and then turned over on its side and began sinking with many of the passengers still trapped inside. Only about 175 people were rescued or able to use 1 out of the 14 or so life boats on the ferry. Many of the kids on board were trapped inside...while parents waited for them to be rescued. Reports indicate that the bodies that were able to be pulled from the ship had broken fingers...maybe from attempting to break windows or climb walls to escape. The Vice-Principal hung himself, leaving a note expressing guilt for pushing for the students to go on the trip in the first place.
|Relative Praying for a Miracle|
|This photo says a lot. And the many desks adorned with flowers |
in the background tells you the gravity of the situation
So, one girl posted the following in response to the insensitivity. The post has so far recieved 282 comments, some of which were in agreement with the post (it has since been deleted):
And then there were the following comments that were just well...
The coverage of course will not be the same in the states as it is here in Korea, but I want to know your thoughts. Can we be sensitive to others' grief even if we feel that they are not always sensitive to ours. Does freedom of speech and opinion trump empathy and sensitivity?